These plastics were collected by BabyLegs in the Mystic River, Boston. The squares on the page are 1 cm x 1 cm.

Article Alert! Redefining pollution and action: The matter of plastics

Image by 
Jay Hilgert.
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Article Alert! Place and Defilement Signposts Toward a New Theory of Purity in Sibley’s Geographies of Exclusion

Art by Loren Crabbe, from the series “Purging Abjection.”

Abjection: A definition for discard studies

Graffiti in NYC subway in honor of Akai Gurley & Eric Garner. Photo by Lauren Giaccone  (CC BY 2.0)

Michael Brown, Eric Garner, and Discard Studies

Research team sniffs the mulch. Different ages of compost smell very differently.

The Decompository at the Arnold Arboretum


Chennai Waste, Part 2: The rural urban divide and caste politics


Virality: Contagion Theory in the Age of Networks


Cooper Union Student Protest: Cleaning Up their School


The unspeakable matter

Plan of a medieval manor, where “common pastures” were also referred to as wastelands. From William R. Shepherd, Historical Atlas, New York, Henry Holt and Company, 1923.

Waste and Capitalism